Aging and Disability Essay

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Aging and Disability Worksheet Deborah Kirkpatrick ETH/125 12/22/2013 Allan Farina University of Phoenix Aging and Disability Worksheet Part I 1. Health issues 2. Unequal treatment in employment 3. Disrespect, prejudice, and stereotyping from society I. What is ageism? How does ageism influence the presence of diversity in society? Ageism refers to prejudice and discrimination against people based upon their age. Ageism can affect society in a few ways. It can cause a divide between generations. It is said that young people fear old people because old age shows signs of weakness, disease, sickness, and death. Whereas in our society young age is praised and stands for beauty and success. Ageism will have influence on society in a few ways. According to Third Age (n.d.) “offering the message that older people are of less value so that many people comes to believe it, however unconsciously, including older people themselves”, (Illustrating Ageism). Ageism can be found in the workplace also. According to Third Age (n.d.) “by moving people too rapidly from productive independence into a more dependent status”, (How Ageism Harms). Ageism makes society overlook that elderly have many skills as well as valuable experience that could help create a better community and economic system. II. What is the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)? How does the ADEA address issues for the aging population? The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was signed and put in effect in 1968. “The ADEA was passed to protect workers 40 years of age or older from being fired because of their age and replaced with younger workers who presumably would receive lower salaries” (Schaefer, 2012, "Chapter 17, Ageism. The ADEA sets standards against discrimination against the elderly which employers have to follow.
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